BMW’s i3 electric city car is new territory for the automaker in a number of different ways. It’s most notably the first mass-market all-electric car BMW has produced; it’s also made of a design language that is inherently new to the automaker, as well.
The i3 will also be BMW’s first car that will be compatible with the new wave of wearable devices, namely Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy Gear smartwatch, according to Autoblog. An app designed for Samsung’s wrist device will alert the wearer of information pertaining to the i3′s battery charge, available range, and whether the doors and windows are closed or open — handy for when the vehicle is left out and it starts to rain.
Though it’s a first for BMW, the tie-ins with wearable tech have been seen industrywide. Mercedes-Benz has also committed to integrating with wearables, and Hyundai recently announced an effort to incorporate Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass into the driving routine.
In addition to having some handy updates on the car’s status, the smartwatch feature will also allow “users to send a navigation destination to the vehicle or adjust the on-board climate in preparation for a journey” using just voice commands courtesy of Samsung’s S Voice assistant, per a BMW press release.
Automakers have already taken advantage of the smartphone platform to integrate various functions of a user’s car, helping to strengthen the bond that drivers share with their vehicles. It’s of little surprise that they are now reaching into the expanding wearable technology market, which many feel will usher in the next big era of personal electronics.